1. What is clinically severe obesity?
Clinically severe or morbid obesity is when a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 40 or greater than 35 with the presence of co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, etc.
2. How is your BMI calculated?
BMI is your weight in pounds multiplied by 703. Take that number and divide it by your height in inches squared:
3. How much weight can one expect to lose after surgery?
BMI = (weight in pounds x 703)/height in inches squared
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When surgery is combined with a multidisciplinary approach and a high level of patient motivation, patients may expect to lose between 60 and 85 percent of their excess body weight over a period years. Everyone's results will differ and the time frame is questionable.
4. How is excess body weight calculated?
This is your actual body weight minus your ideal body weight.
5. Who qualifies as a good candidate for surgical treatment of someone with clinically severe obesity?
A good candidate meets the above-discussed BMI levels, understands the procedure and is willing to make a commitment to life-long follow-up and support.
6. Which patients typically do best with weight-loss surgery?
Those who meet the BMI criteria, and thoroughly understand the procedure and the need for life-long follow-up and support
7. How much weight will be regained after surgery?
Long-term results after the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass show that patients usually regain less than 15 percent of their weight after five to 10 years.
8. How many days will I be in the hospital?
If you have the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery or Gastric Sleeve, you can expect to spend two to three days in the hospital and up to four weeks recovering. The minimally invasive approach has a shorter recovery time with fewer restrictions.
9. What steps will I need to take to be eligible for bariatric surgery?
The steps of this process are: